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Trinity's 'College Gallery': The Swing of the Sixties

The Glebe House and Gallery, Churchill, County Donegal

from the 4th of July to the 27th of September 2015

Exhibition Launch - Friday 3rd July 2015 from 7pm, to be opened by Jenny Haughton, Independent Art Curator - ALL WELCOME, invite available here

The exhibition is presented in association with

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford and The Trinity College Dublin Art Collections, as part of The 2015 Earagail Arts Festival programme

For further information on the gallery: The Glebe House and Gallery

How the exhibition came about -

Lismore Castle Arts in Waterford is celebrating its 10th anniversary of visual arts programming this year in 2015. The organisation has been fortunate in being able to present art from many of the world’s leading artists, to work with an amazing array of curators and collaborated with institutions across the world. In planning the programme for 2015, Lismore felt it important to reflect other histories in the development of contemporary art in Ireland, so they asked Richard Wood, a long-time supporter of Lismore Castle Arts and alumnus of Trinity College to curate an exhibition which looks back to a different genesis – that of the University Art Collection at Trinity College Dublin.

We at Trinity College have hoped for some years to tour a significant body of works from the collections. Over the past 8 years, we have lent some 60 individual works to cultural institutions nationally and internationally and, in addition, displayed 50 works in two exhibitions at The Douglas Hyde Gallery and The Royal Hibernian Academy, during the year of the 50th anniversary celebrations of our modern collections.

We have been keen to collaborate with Lismore Castle and The Glebe Gallery for some years now and we are delighted that the invitation from Lismore Castle offered an opportunity to realise this and to bring highlights from the Trinity College Art Collections from Lismore to Donegal, literally from one end of the island to the other featuring some 30 Irish and international works from the 1960s and 1970s.

EXHIBITION ESSAY available in full here (pdf, 664kb)

Victor Vasarely, Dia or CF, 1968, serigraph on Schoeller Parole cardboard, edition 105/200, 60 x 60 cm, Trinity College Dublin Art Collections; © the artist’s estate

About Richard Wood, Curator of the exhibition

Richard was a student at Trinity during the late 1960s and was one of the volunteers on the Student Committee of what was known on campus as 'The College Gallery' Picture Hire Scheme, set up by George Dawson in 1959-60 with the help of 4 students. This exhibition introduces the sense of wonder and excitement experienced by these students in the Sixties. Together with George and other key staff members like Professor Anne Crookshank and Adrian Phillips, they travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and often further afield, feasting on ‘the swing’ taking place in the visual arts. Urban and abstract subjects began to dominate, resulting in bold styles and techniques such as hard-edge minimalism and silkscreen printing, plus Op, Pop and Kinetic art, reflecting wider, pervasive social changes. Student imaginations were captured and the College’s Modern Art collection was firmly established.

The exhibition features key Irish and international pieces by Josef Albers, Karel Appel, Patrick Collins, Barrie Cooke, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Micheal Farrell, Robert Indiana, Cecil King, Roy Lichtenstein, Nano Reid, Patrick Scott, William Scott, Peter Sedgley, and Victor Vasarely.

What the papers have said about the exhibition -

Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, Exhibition Review by Cristín Leach Hughes, 19 April 2015

Irish Independent, Entertainment - Theatre and Arts section, Exhibition Review, 19 April 2015

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